Spirit AeroSystems upgrades Wichita facilities

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR) has invested in upgrades to its Plant 2 and its Wichita facilities to support growing demand for its products, the company said.

Spirit builds 70 percent of the 737 structure and the entire fuselage in Plant 2.

The facilities upgrades include installation of robotic drilling and fastening, expansion of the propulsion manufacturing facility, building additional rail spurs for increased transportation needs and a re-investment in the facilities across the Wichita campus.

Spirit is responsible for the Boeing 737 fuselage, nacelles, pylons and wing flaps and slats. Spirit´s history with the program dates back to the 1960s, when the site was a Boeing facility. The company transitioned to work on the 737 Next Generation program beginning in 1996, and the evolution continues today, as Spirit enters production of the 737 MAX.

Plant 2 was originally built to support production of World War II era aircraft like the B-29. The factory went on to support other historic aircraft like the B-47 and the B-52.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the US, UK, France and Malaysia.